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Php 2:1–30. CONTINUED EXHORTATION: TO UNITY: TO HUMILITY AFTER CHRIST’S EXAMPLE, WHOSE GLORY FOLLOWED HIS HUMILIATION: TO EARNESTNESS IN SEEKING PERFECTION, THAT THEY MAY BE HIS JOY IN THE DAY OF CHRIST: HIS JOYFUL READINESS TO BE OFFERED NOW BY DEATH, SO AS TO PROMOTE THEIR FAITH. HIS INTENTION TO SEND TIMOTHY: HIS SENDING EPAPHRODITUS MEANTIME.

Philippians 2:1 KJV 1900
1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
Philippians 2:1 NASB95
1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,

1. The “therefore” implies that he is here expanding on the exhortation (Php 1:27), “In one Spirit, with one mind (soul).” He urges four influencing motives in this verse, to inculcate the four Christian duties corresponding respectively to them (Php 2:2). “That ye be like-minded, having the same love, of one accord, of one mind”; (1) “If there be (with you) any consolation in Christ,” that is, any consolation of which Christ is the source, leading you to wish to console me in my afflictions borne for Christ’s sake, ye owe it to me to grant my request “that ye be like-minded” [CHRYSOSTOM and ESTIUS]: (2) “If there be any comfort of (that is, flowing from) love,” the adjunct of “consolation in Christ”; (3) “If any fellowship of (communion together as Christians, flowing from joint participation in) the Spirit” (2 Co 13:14). As Pagans meant literally those who were of one village, and drank of one fountain, how much greater is the union which conjoins those who drink of the same Spirit! (1 Co 12:4, 13) [GROTIUS]: (4) “If any bowels (tender emotions) and mercies (compassions),” the adjuncts of “fellowship of the Spirit.” The opposites of the two pairs, into which the four fall, are reprobated, Php 2:3, 4.

Therefore implies that Paul is continuing from . (Bible was not written in verses)
a.
Philippians 1:27 NKJV
27 Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,
“In one spirit, with one mind (soul)
a. “If ye be therefore any consolation in Christ”
b. “Consolation” Comfort, encouragement”
c. Ealb the word “if”
d. The consolation in Christ is only in a believer. Through Jesus is the way we receive true encouragement and comfort.
e. When we live the way we should as Christians, that is what we receive.
2. “If any comfort of love”
a. Love brings comfort, it also brings contentment, and happiness.
b. Love is full of joy, Hatred is a passion that brings misery, heartaches, and disappointments.
c. Hate weakens the soul, and that the joy out of living.
d. Love is a heavenly commodity.
Jesus said;
John 13:
John 13:34–35 KJV 1900
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Paul said:
Ephesians 5:2 KJV 1900
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
e. God is love, and love is the very center, soul, and heartbeat of Christianity.
f. Paul wanted them to enjoy fully what all Christians can enjoy. Comfort, joy, encouragement.
3.
g. The way to do that, is to love one another as Jesus loved them.
“If there is any In fellowship of the Spirit”
a. Ask what is fellowship?
b. When we as believers can come together in one accord in whatever we are doing.
c. True Christian fellowship can only happen with true believers.
“If any bowels and mercies”
Amplified Bible Chapter 2

whatever depth of affection and compassionate sympathy,

Philippians 2:2 KJV 1900
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
Philippians 2:1 KJV 1900
1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
Philippians 2:2 NASB95
2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
Philippians 2:2 NASB95
2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.

2. Fulfil—that is, Make full. I have joy in you, complete it by that which is still wanting, namely, unity (Php 1:9).

Likeminded: “Same mind” or of one mind.
Look at first part of VS.
Likeminded: Of the same mind, or one mind.
Paul was pleading for them to have unity, and peace.
a. Like mindedness in the church, is one with unity, one that is working together for the gospel of Jesus.
“having the same love”
b. We are different, we may even view some points in the bible different, but we can still have love, the same love.
c. Paul wanted them to have this, and we need to have the same love.
“Being of one accord”
a.One meaning for this word: “union of soul”
b. Paul wanted them to be a close knit together in love and fellowship.
“of one mind”
a. To thing the same thing. He wanted them to be a single unit. Not have little clicks.
Philippians 2:3 KJV 1900
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Philippians 2:3 NASB95
3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
Read from NASB/KJV
Never, under any circumstances should anything in the church b done with a spirit of strife or contention.
a. Christians should do everything by Christian principles.
b. But many times Christians try to outdo each other in church to see can be or look the most important.
c. Nothing should ever be done in church to bring glory to self.
d. We should do all to bring glory to God.
“In lowliness of mind”
a. Be modest and humble. We are not to do our duties with the thought of getting recognition from people.
“let each esteem other better themselves”
NASB
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There are some people that think God could not get along very well without them.
Philippians 2:4 KJV 1900
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Philippians 2:4 NASB95
4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
If the church to be what the Lord wanted it to be there would be no or at least little strife.
a. What is it in someone that makes them think of themselves all the time?
PRIDE:
b. As Christians we have a lot to be proud of. ELab.
c. We should think of others before ourselves.
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